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A Midnight Clear
SUBJECTS — U.S./1941 - 1945;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Coming of Age; Peace Makers;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring.
Age: 13+; Rated R; Drama; 1992; 107 minutes; Color.
This movie shows the tension felt by soldiers, their courage, and their attempts to work out a humane solution to their problems. There is violence, but all of it is harnessed to further the plot. The setting is the Battle of the Bulge in the Second World War.
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A Midnight Clear is a story of the Second World War's Battle of the Bulge. It shows the efforts of soldiers from the two opposing sides to help each other survive.
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Description: This is the story of a WW II American intelligence unit posted to a remote location in the Ardennes Forest at the time of the Battle of the Bulge. At Christmas, the American soldiers receive a message from a German Army unit that the Germans want to surrender. But there's a hitch. The Germans want it to appear that they were overwhelmed to avoid reprisals on their families back in Germany. The movie shows the soldiers trying to work this out. The film is based on the novel by William Wharton.
Benefits: A Midnight Clear shows the fear felt by soldiers and the difficulties in establishing trust between enemies. It shows that German soldiers had feelings. This movie is deeply upsetting in the way that a good war movie should be. It brings several elements of the horror of war into clear perspective.
The Learning Guide to the film A Midnight Clear contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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